OUR 65th REUNION IS ALMOST HERE!
June 8-11, 2017
CORNELL REMEMBRANCES--Don't forget to include your memories of Cornell. The one following by Lewis Ward-Baker is short and sweet but surely captures the essence of "four years on the hill."
I found out by letter in the middle of August 1948 that I was admitted to the University. I had scored high enough on the Cornell State Scholarship exam.
I rushed to Ithaca to find a bed. The dorms were full. The bed I found was in a rooming house way up on Aurora Street. Each day I caught the bus at Eddy and State, standing in a glorious carpet of Fall's gift of yellow leaves. Either coming home or going to the bus stop meant walking uphill since I had to cross the creek on the bridge down in the small valley.
After six months, my roommate, Fred Rubinstein, and I moved to a room in the temporary dorms at the foot of Libe Slope. We entered the laundry business, acting as agents for the Quick Laundry, serving our dorm mates. We usually lost money!
Four years later, in March of our senior year, my dear friend and fraternity brother, Paul Schlein, and I celebrated our admissions to medical school. Sitting at the top of the slope, we enjoyed the beautiful view of the lake, probably for the first time ever in a state of relaxation and joy, as we cut class for the only time of our four years on the Hill.
In the intervening four years, I had been insipired by the veterans in my fraternity to grow up. I enjoyed singing in the Men's Glee Club, the Octagon Club's original musicals, and the Ithaca Savoyard's production of "The Pirates of Penzance."
I had arrived in Ithaca as a scared kid of sixteen. I left having learned how to work, play, and rest and how to keep them in balance.
I am forever grateful.
Lew Ward-Baker BA '52
Click here to view the registration brochure and here to access the registration form. Instructions on where to send are listed on the form.
Click here to see who has already registered for Reunion. Below is a list of classmates who indicated that they planned to return.
ELLIE HOSPODOR CONTI
SUE YOUKER SCHLAEPFER
JOY REES HOFFMAN
PAT DEXTER CLARK
JANE KIELY DAVIS
GAYLE RAYMOND KENNEDY
PHOEBE VANDERVORT GOLDSTEIN
DORI CROZIER WARREN
JUDY CALHOUN SCHURMAN
HAZEL LOWE VON ROSENVINGE
JEAN BROWN CRAIG
What can you look forward to at our Reunion?
* Wax nostalgic with friends old and new at our class banquets at the beautiful Statler Hotel and the world-renowned Lab of Ornithology.
* Reminisce about our time on the Hill at our class forum led by Brad Edmondson ’81, author of Postwar Cornell: How the Greatest Generation Transformed a University, 1944–1952.
* Celebrate and honor Class of 1952 and other Cornell veterans at a special gathering at Barton Hall featuring remarks from General Michael Hall
* Enjoy entertainment by the Hangovers and gather with classmates for late night sing-a-longs in our class lounge (We need someone to "tickle the ivories" and provide some music and pitch for our afterglow singers in the class lounge).
* Experience Reunion favorites like the Olin Lecture, the State of the University Address, the Savage Club Show, the Chorus and Glee Club Concert, and Cornelliana Night.
* Explore Cornell’s beautiful campus, just steps away from our class headquarters.
Click here to see Good Old Days on the Hill 1948-1952, the wonderful video
that we produced for our 40th Reunion in 1992.
Don Follett (Class President), Dick Dye (Reunion Chair), Sue Youker Schlaepfer (Reunion Chair), Bob Conti (Class President)